John Polk wrote:
For most of us Yanks, when we think of herbs, we tend to think of the classic Mediterranean herbs. Those Mediterranean herbs are native to growing on rocky hillsides with no summer rains. Most are truly Mediterranean climate weeds that will thrive with poor soils, and no care.
which is why I miss the point of a herb spiral
John Polk wrote:
I think a good part of the logic behind an herb spiral is to raise them above ground level. Most of the Mediterranean herbs are accustomed to dry, rocky soils. They do not like wet feet, and by raising them, you eliminate that problem in areas with summer rains.
Burra Maluca wrote:
But, like Ludi, I had problems. I live in a genuine mediterranean climate, and the genuine mediterranean herbs which thrive so well in other people's herb spirals really don't like being stuck high and dry on a raised mound. Lavender might love it at the top of someone else's herb spiral, but my lavender prefers to live at ground level where it copes perfectly well with the heat and drought. I haven't found *anything* that will live raised up very far. So my sprial is now reduced to a heap of stones awaiting further inspiration...
Beth Johnson wrote:...
I only have three herbs this year:
Basil, Italian Mountain Sweet Ocimum basilicum
Catnip Nepeta cataria
Cilantro Coriandrum sativum
I spent most of my money on tomatoes (a lot of tomatoes), cabbage, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, lettuce and leeks.
The herbs are still in the seedling trays but they are ready to be uppotted. The basil has gone nuts, the catnip is meh, and the cilantro is lovely.
Should I even bother with a tiny herb spiral? I'm going to try my hand at saving seeds - hopefully I'll be able to afford different herbs next year. I've lived in this house for two years, and this is the first time I planted anything.
I went a little nuts - six Sunset bamboo for privacy, one Comice pear, one Bosc, and way too many raspberries (50 canes - I thought I was buying 10).